Best Men's Bomber Jackets

20 Best Men’s Bomber Jackets

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There are few outerwear silhouettes that epitomize both retro cool and modern style, yet the bomber jacket is one of them. There also aren’t that many jacket styles that can work seamlessly and comfortably (not to mention stylishly) in multiple weather situations — but yet again, the bomber jacket is one of them. In versions inspired by the military and versions that riff off more modern shapes, it’s proven classic, timeless, rugged and durable. Certain versions — like the MA-1 Bomber — have gained notoriety and iconic status, and others feature more subtle design touches.

Regardless of origin, great bomber jackets are widely accepted now as a sharp blazer replacement and a suitable outerwear option in just about every fall style situation. As the temperatures drop and a light breeze chills the air, it’s going to be even more reliable and essential. The same goes for spring, when you need a layer to transition to warmer weather. With that being said, it can be tough to pick out just one. So, we’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you. Here are 20 of the best bomber jackets for men — any one is suitable to buy now, wear now and keep in your rotation for years and years ahead.

Flint and Tinder Bomber Jacket

Flint and Tinder Bomber Jacket

Need any convincing to buy a great bomber jacket this season? Flint & Tinder will take care of that for you. The brand’s American-made approach to its Heritage Boxer Briefs, plus the recent introduction of a full set of fall-ready apparel, should be more than enough to convince you to get on board. And the great thing is, they take a classic piece like the bomber jacket and class it up as only they can, with an American-woven cotton shell and ribbing that’s knit in Minnesota. The details and fit are modern, and the approach and silhouette are classic. It’s nearly the best you can ask for out there. – $178

Todd Snyder Quilted Bomber Jacket in Navy

Todd Snyder Quilted Bomber Jacket in Navy

The typically casual bomber jacket gets an extremely refined, luxe and yet still laidback update courtesy of the lauded American menswear designer Todd Snyder. His approach to the basics is one that’s elevated yet simple, refined yet wearable — and what that all means is that this quilted bomber jacket should be your new go-to piece of fall outerwear. Featuring a blend of rice jersey, thermal knit and polyester, it’ll fit like your favorite sweatshirt and move like your favorite blazer — that is, very well and very stylishly. In fact, wear it to the office over a wool tie for perfect fall style. – $298

Levi's Commuter Fill Bomber Jacket

Levi’s Commuter Fill Bomber Jacket

Oftentimes, all you need to get around your favorite city — or a brand-new locale — is the intuition and know-how to explore point A to point B, and the right gear to get you there. That’s where Levi’s stylish, transportation-minded Commuter line comes into play, and that’s where a classic bomber jacket is going to help you out — big-time. With a slim fit and four-way stretch fabric lining that carries over to the shell itself, it’s perfect for hopping on a bike or hopping on a train. The black color is simple, wearable and city-ready, and the fact that it’s water-repellent doesn’t hurt one bit. – $199

Alpha Industries MA-1 Slim Fit Bomber Flight Jacket

Alpha Industries MA-1 Slim Fit Bomber Flight Jacket

The Alpha Industries MA-1 has been a mainstay of the bomber jacket silhouette since before it exploded in popularity, and so there’s no better place to go to get a classic style. Add in the fact that it’s upgraded in a slim fit and available in a host of neutral colors, and it’s easy to see why it’s become a celebrity staple — and a global icon, no doubt. Get the classic navy bomber and wear it with light wash blue denim for a study in contrasts, or pair it with your favorite pair of chinos for an all-American look. – $124+

Filson Bell Bomber Jacket

Filson Bell Bomber Jacket

The Alpha Industries MA-1 has been a mainstay of the bomber jacket silhouette since before it exploded in popularity, and so there’s no better place to go to get a classic style. Add in the fact that it’s upgraded in a slim fit and available in a host of neutral colors, and it’s easy to see why it’s become a celebrity staple — and a global icon, no doubt. Get the classic navy bomber and wear it with light wash blue denim for a study in contrasts, or pair it with your favorite pair of slim chinos for an all-American look. – $325

JackThreads Varsity Bomber

JackThreads Varsity Bomber

A great bomber jacket for under $35? It simply can’t be done, right? Wrong. JackThreads is doing it here, and you should certainly snap up the brand’s essential, easily wearable Varsity Bomber at this low price — and then be amazed at how many different ways you can wear it. Pair it with everything from tan twill pants and brown leather sneakers in the fall to a pair of slim stone chinos in the early spring, and then keep it around for winter — it’ll fit right in under a camel topcoat for an added layer of warmth in the chill. – $35

Outerknown Evolution Bomber

Outerknown Evolution Bomber

From the outrageously talented partnership between surfer Kelly Slater and designer John Moore comes forth Outerknown, a brand that’s packing prestige, functionality and style into a performance-ready set of offerings that draw inspiration from, as the brand says, “the salt life.”. The Evolution Bomber is made from 100 percent recycled materials with a focus on sustainability, featuring Evolution ECONYL fabric and the ability to be reversed to one of two different colorways and quilting patterns. And right down to the recycled polyester fill, it’s a jacket that the eco and style-conscious can appreciate in equal measure. For nearly $400, that versatility is very welcome indeed. – $385

Bridge & Burn Northrup Bomber Jacket

Bridge & Burn Northrup Bomber Jacket

The best bomber jackets for the fall season combine a little bit of everything — an earthy fall color, a masculine, classic silhouette and a fabric blend that’s easily wearable. Such is the case with the Northrup Olive Jacket from Bridge and Burn, which reliably checks all of those boxes, and does a bit more than that, too. It’s your new go-to with casual leather sneakers and a chambray shirt, or a white Oxford and brown wingtips for an ensemble that’s a bit more dressy. The quality for the price certainly makes it worth a few extra dollars this fall, too. – $218

Billy Reid Finn Bomber Jacket

Billy Reid Finn Bomber Jacket

When a bomber is made from beautiful wool herringbone in a rich blend of brown colors — with calfskin sleeves, no less — it’s the ideal fall jacket. In a classic bomber jacket silhouette, Billy Reid uses a blend of casual ease and serious style to make this piece investment-worthy and jaw-dropping. It’s unlike one you’ll find anywhere else on the market, and if you want a bomber that can pair with your finest suit trousers and your most broken-in pair of sturdy selvedge denim, it can do both those things at once. It’s a final sale piece, but odds are, you certainly won’t feel like letting anyone but yourself wear it. – $500

Belstaff Hallington Blouson Bomber

Belstaff Hallington Blouson Bomber

There’s no better place to start in your search for a bomber jacket than with a brand that makes its living off stellar outerwear. Belstaff’s quality precedes itself, and the Hallington Blouson is only going to get better with age. Made from black techincal leather and infusing moto-style details with a fur collar, the quilted lining and slim fit are geared toward function and fashion. Although the price tag can be eye-popping, it’s worth noting that this is one bomber jacket you’ll have for decades on end. Of course, with each wear, it’ll tell the story of new adventures — that’s worth the purchase price in and of itself. – $2,295

Carhartt WIP Ashton Sateen Bomber

Carhartt WIP Ashton Sateen Bomber

For a brand with dependable workwear roots like Carhartt, it’s refreshing that its WIP (or Work In Progress) line takes a distinctly minimal approach to classic staples. And yet, it remains grounded in the idea of solid performance plus style. The technical weave fabric is finished off with tonal canvas at the sleeves, plus classic flap front pockets and a utility pocket for that tried-and-true bomber jacket silhouette. Done up in a simple black color, it’ll add a dash of downtown cool to navy chinos and tan suede Chelsea boots, and it’ll look darn good worn with a slim henley and broken-in denim for a Saturday bar crawl. – $295

JackThreads Indigo Bomber

JackThreads Indigo Bomber

Although some of the bomber jackets on this list are undoubtedly pricey, you needn’t spend an arm and a leg to get a great bomber jacket. In fact, the team at JackThreads — as seems to be the case — can help you check a great bomber jacket off your list in quick order, helping you save some serious cash in the process. The brand updated the bomber silhouette by shortening up and slimming down the fit, and doing it up in a wash that’ll age over time. That means while it’ll look great with khaki chinos now, it’ll look even better alongside indigo denim as it gets broken-in. – $50

Frank & Oak Leather Bomber Jacket

Frank & Oak Leather Bomber Jacket

Although lots of bomber jackets — and particularly classic pieces — use lightweight materials like nylon, there’s absolutely something to be said for merging the silhouette with sleek leather. In a rich Tan color like this option, you definitely can’t go wrong when it comes time to wear it over either your favorite broken-in pocket tee or your favorite chambray shirt. Leather bomber jackets are certainly pricier than other, more technically focused jackets, but you can’t beat having one in your closet for those crisp fall and early winter days. Believe it, and go out and buy one (along with any of the other stylish bomber jackets shown here). – $495

J.Crew Wallace & Barnes MA-1 Bomber Jacket

J.Crew Wallace & Barnes MA-1 Bomber Jacket

Leave it to the team at J. Crew to take everything you thought you knew about the bomber jacket and update it. The fit? Slimmed-down. The fabric — it’s still nylon, but in a retro shade that calls to mind the greats (like Alpha Industries above). And the price — fairly agreeable when one considers it’s part of J. Crew’s more expensive Wallace & Barnes line. Wear this jacket with all your favorite J. Crew style staples — you know, slim chinos and broken-in tees — and wear it as much as you can this fall and into the winter; it’s certainly built for it. – $178

Native Youth Mist Bomber Jacket

Native Youth Mist Bomber Jacket

Bombers that blend a minimal silhouette with fashion-forward details are all the rage right now, and this Native Youth bomber is no different. Cut in a minimal navy colorway, it features a technical weave fabric that’s more sporty than high-fashion, so this bomber jacket can certainly handle a little rain. The hidden-zip hip pockets add to the minimal vibe, so it’s much like the jackets you’ve seen your favorite actor or rapper wear. And that means you should wear it much the same– with black jeans and sharp leather sneakers. Too much? Reach for your favorite pair of boots. In a neutral color, there’s no wrong way to go. – $120

Canada Goose Bromley Bomber Jacket

Canada Goose Bromley Bomber Jacket

Reputation and performance are certainly critical when it comes to reliable cold-weather outerwear, and Canada Goose more than steps up to the plate in that regard. The Bromley Bomber mixes duck down and polyester fills with a nylon lining, a detachable sherpa collar and a heavy front zip. That’s durability at its finest, and the trademark sleeve patch certainly denotes quality. Four front pockets provide plenty of space for your everyday carry, and just about anything else you’d need to take with you There are few bomber jackets that can blend in on the city streets and perform in inclement weather, but this bomber is one. – $850

J.Crew Buttoned Suede Bomber Jacket

J.Crew Buttoned Suede Bomber Jacket

This jacket also made in an appearance in our roundup of the 25 best leather jackets for men, but it’s absolutely back on this list, as it’s a unique take on the bomber that’s more wearable than one might think. Why’s that? Well, it’s got crisp details like a stand-up collar and a button front, which help it wear like a hybrid between a shirt and a jacket. The rich Dark Caramel color matches up handsomely with slim blue denim, light grey wool trousers and best of all, deep brown boots. Given all those positives, it’s the perfect bomber jacket for fall. – $995

Fred Perry x Raf Simons Bomber Jacket

Fred Perry x Raf Simons Bomber Jacket

The high fashion designer Raf Simons might not be the first one who comes to mind when you think of the classic bomber, but a tried-and-true brand with deep roots in timeless silhouettes — like Fred Perry — is a great place to start. The collaboration starts with a slim navy twill body and is finished off with navy wrist cuffs and a sharp burgundy waistband for a dash of mod style. It’s slim, it’s wearable and it’s pricey — so you should get the most out of it by pairing it up with everything from a simple white T-shirt to a reliable blue chambray shirt this season and beyond. – $450

Belstaff Southwick Reversible Blouson

Belstaff Southwick Reversible Blouson

When is paying nearly $800 for a bomber jacket worth it? When it’s made by the expert outerwear masters at Belstaff, that’s when. It’s a silhouette that’s a timeless, yet it gets a distinctive update thanks to its reversible quality and both the plain black and neat patterned colorway options. It’s two jackets for the price of one, and given the quality inherent in product produced by Belstaff, that’s not a bad thing at all. Inspired by the outdoors and with the durability to back it up, it’s water-repellent and just as suited to a weekend hike as a more casual stroll through the park. – $795

Grayers Russell Baseball Jacket

Grayers Russell Baseball Jacket

While at first it might not look like a classic bomber jacket, it’s a take on the silhouette that’s more sporty, what with a striped collar and cuffs. The charcoal herringbone pattern adds a unique depth to the French terry fabric, which should make it ideal for lightweight, early fall or spring layering. The blue chambray lining is a breathable, stylish touch, and the classic-yet-tailored fit makes it ideal for pairing over a crisp white oxford and slim khaki chinos. And at a very agreeable price, it’s your new favorite piece of fall outerwear. The fact that it’s an on-trend bomber jacket only adds to its appeal. – $145

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